Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!
Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy
And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, christmas carols and
holiday cheer... Zoo Lights, Winterland at the Farm, Santa's Enchanted Forest... they are back this holiday season! Here are our top picks, from holiday villages, fantastic light strolls, holiday concerts and musicals and of course, the Nutcraker...
As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Christmas Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special celebratory meals, brunches, dinners, cocktails...
And this is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous "winter" weather. Migrating birds and hybernating manatees have arrived, this is a good time for a visit to the Everglades, enjoy the beautiful wildlife or a thrilling airboat ride! Please note that some parks will be closed on Christmas Day.
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Events may be cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.
Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and
celebrations in Miami:
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back with its millions of dazzling lights, South Florida's tallest christmas tree, and the carnival rides
for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
In a new location at Hialeah Park, you will no doubt see the lights as you drive past. It is a huge
sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many
live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? November 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Hialeah Park at 3100 East 4th Ave. Hialeah, FL
How Much? Adults (9-64) $39.25, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $29.91. Season Passes: Adults (9-64) $67.29, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $57.94
An enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Flying Fairies and a Sunflower Maze come to life.
Come and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.
When? November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? General Admission $34, Children 10 and under $29, plus service fees. Discounts for Fairchild members and non-peak hours, season passes available. Groupon General Admission $34 $25
Symphony In Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park
The entire property will be illuminated with more than 250,000 LED lights, all set to the sounds of holiday favorites from yesterday and today.
A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
"Symphony in Lights" is not only the perfect opportunity to experience some holiday magic, but also to enjoy shopping, dining and boundless entertainment at Gulfstream Park Village's open-air setting.
When? November 13 - December 31, 2021, kick-off event on Saturday, November 13 from 7-10 p.m. Emmy award-winning newscaster Calvin Hughes will serve as the emcee and the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida will perform a lively set along with a 7-piece band. Even Santa Claus himself will ride in to kick off the festivities.
Where? Gulfstream Park at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
How Much? FREE
What? A Magical Drive-Through Holiday Experience! This is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path.
At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring to life your favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations.
When? November 19, 2021 - January 1, 2022 - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where? Homestead Miami Speedway at One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd, Homestead, FL 33035
How Much? Price is per vehicle: standard $20 (advanced online purchase), Limo/Party Bus $40 (advanced online purchase)
What? Dania Pointe, known for distinctive shopping, quality dining, luxury living, and its flourishing business district, announces a festive holiday season with celebrations, shopping, and live entertainment to get everyone in the joyful spirit. The Lawn at Dania Pointe will become home to inspired Holiday Markets featuring local handmade and artisan gifts. Shop handmade artisan gifts, ornaments, homemade treats, and holiday items under the twinkling lights from local craft makers and artisans curated by @StyleMarket305.
When? Fridays from November 26 - December 17, 2021 - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where? Dania Pointe at 139 S Compass Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004
It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.
What else? Appearances by Santa (until December 23), animal presentations, arts & crafts and letters to Santa (limited spaces available), hot cocoa and cookies (fee), Snowman's River Boat Rides ($5 per person)
When?: Select nights from November 26 - December 30, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: TBA, last year $19.95 per adult and $17.95 per child age 3 - 12 plus tax (Members save $3),
The magic of "Vintage Florida" Historic Holiday Decor: Visitors can tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations. As part of this year's Historic Holiday Decor, the magic of "Vintage Florida" comes to life with cherished holiday traditions that bring a feeling of warm nostalgia and a welcome respite from the modern world.
The Deering Estate has assembled a team of top designers that will once again transform the homes for the holiday season, led by its award-winning Designer-in-Residence, Alfredo Brito.
When? November 27, 2020 to January 8, 2021
How Much? Estate admission: Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Holiday Evening Strolls: Stroll the main grounds and the Historic Homes as they light up in the night. Enjoy the warmth of a campfire and showings of holiday films! Children can also bring their letters to Santa to drop off. Wrap up the night as Mrs. Claus arrives to read bedtime stories to the children from afar.
When? December 4 and 16, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Where? The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year they are adding a whole new section of sparkling holiday lights and a bigger than last year's holiday-themed maze in the gardens.
Eat yummy treats, have a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Stay tuned for Santa Claus special appearances.
On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl.
When? December 10, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
How Much? $15 - $20
What? From Miami's only outdoor, digital lights exhibit to a three-week concert series in the park, Downtown Doral Holiday Fest is Miami's newest family-friendly arts experience this holiday season.
Anchored by Doral LIVE, a three-week concert series in Downtown Doral Park, enjoy a dozen performances featuring a diverse roster of national touring artists and beloved South Florida cultural organizations, featuring Miami City Ballet's RADIANCE, Cuban Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and beloved Miami instrumental ensemble Nu Deco among many others.
When? December 2 - 23, 2021
Where? Downtown Doral Park at 8395 NW 53rd St
How Much? Multi-show packages for Doral LIVE are on sale now, 3-show and 5-show packages are available, along with special pricing for families. Single tickets start at $37.
Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the
waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?!
On its 50th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become
one of the most awaited events, this year the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.
Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included a floating bus, the Galleria Mall reindeer barge, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!
When?: Saturday December 11, 2021 - sails at 6:30 p.m. ends approximately 10:30 p.m.
Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. Parade starts at the New River where parading boats will be
lining up west from Stranahan House to the Performing Arts Center, then
move along towards the Intracoastal where they start heading up. Parade ends just south of Atlantic Blvd, at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.
How Much?: Free along parade route! See map below.
Where to watch?: Outdoor Parade Viewing Area at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park: adults $25, children under 10 $15. There is parking within walking distance from the event area. Guests will enjoy a festival atmosphere with live entertainment before and after the Parade. Gates open at 4:00 pm. Parade arrives at the viewing area at approximately 7:00 pm
Great spots to catch the parade is at one of the many bridges over the intracoastal at:
With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with
some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie
at a beautiful illuminated Forest.
Holiday treats, hay rides, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!
When?: Thursdays through Sundays November 26, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: $34.99, children under one free, includes paddle boat rides, tractor rides, pony rides, race track, petting zoo, hay maze, and of course you get to meet Santa.
The holidays are a beautiful and special time at the Historic Stranahan House Museum.
Enjoy costumed docents as they take you back in time to the Victorian era in the beautifully decorated Historic Stranahan House Museum. Learn how many holiday traditions started and how the pioneers celebrated Christmas in the early days of Fort Lauderdale.
When? December 18 - 23, 2021
Where? Historic Stranahan House Museum at 335 SE 6th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale
How Much? $30 per person, advance registration required, limited tickets available for each day.
Paid public parking available offsite in the Riverside Hotel Parking Garage or alongside Las Olas Boulevard.
Garden of Lights is Flamingo Gardens' annual holiday event and a delight with self guided strolls through paths adorned with thousands of festive lights and decorations.
There are live performances on select nights.
Please note the narrated tram tour, animal exhibits, and Wray Home Museum close at 5pm.
When? Dec. 17-23 and 26-30, 2021, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, until 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays
Where?: Flamingo Gardens at 3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
How Much?: General Admission $21.95 per person, children (3-11) $15.95, Admission after 5:00 pm $12.95, children $9.95
Pop Up & Shop Up Holiday Market at The Lincoln Eatery
The Lincoln Eatery is proud to host another special holiday-themed Pop up & Shop Up artisan market this year. Come out for some last-minute gift shopping, a festive photo-op with the family, or a Sunday Funday to raise your holiday spirits!
This event will take place on the ground floor of the South Beach food hall, located adjacent to the world-famous Lincoln Road pedestrian walkway.
The market will take over the expansive space, with 15+ local merchants and 10+ of the global culinary concepts at the eatery. Games, raffles, and music spun by the live DJ will add some extra cheer to the afternoon.
Guests will also have access to the food hall's very own Miami's Vice bar, which offers specialty cocktails, beer, and wine.
The "Pop up & Shop up" storefront within the eatery offers an additional 12 brands for shoppers to browse.
Once the market closes at 5:00 p.m., guests are invited to the SKYYARD rooftop for scenic views, drinks, and additional vendors. This fun, free, family-friendly event is the perfect place to get some holiday shopping done all while supporting local businesses.
When? Sunday, December 19, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where?: The Lincoln Eatery at 723 Lincoln Lane North, Miami Beach, FL 33139
How Much?: FREE
Miami's winter wonderland is back this year. To help bring on the magical flurry, Dolphin Mall will be giving away a light up snowflake for kids, just drop by Ramblas Plaza and sign up for the weekly email.
When? Nightly from November 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm, additional snowfall at 9:00 pm Fridays through Sundays. No blizzard on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Where? Ramblas Plaza at Dolphin Mall
How Much? FREE
In addition, while you're at the mall, you can visit Santa at Santa's Flight Academy for Photos with Santa. Reservations strongly recommended, there are several photo packages available.
Every Thursday through Sunday, from 4:00 pm 'till late, enjoy holiday cocktails, 500,000 lights, oversized holiday decorations, and more at the annual Riverside Holiday Village along the historic Miami River!
The Wharf is Miami's premiere open-air event space, located riverside on the historic Miami River.
When? December 2 - 27, 2021 Thursdays thru Sundays
Toy Drive benefiting Kristi House - Thursday December 9, 2021
Where? The Wharf Miami at 114 SW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33130
How Much? Free General Admission.
More info:The Wharf Miami
Tree Lighting and Holidays on the Green at Shops at Merrick Park
Mark your calendars, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Nicklaus Children's Hospital will be on Thursday, November 18 starting at 6 p.m. Santa will make his grand arrival plus there will be performances by the Miami Royal Ballet, Coral Gables Senior High School Gablettes and Preston Howell as seen on NBC's The Voice. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate in support of Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
And during Holidays on the Green, 'Tis the season to meet Santa and stroll, shop and dine the property with the sounds of festive music. Every Thursday in December enjoy Live Music and Santa Selfie Photos. There is no cost for photos with Santa.
When? Tree Lighting Ceremony November 18, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Holidays on the Green - Thursdays December 2 - 23, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Shops at Merrick Park at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables FL 33146
How Much? FREE!
This Year's Holiday Entertainment Calendar, Concerts and Musicals
Miami City Ballet's The Nutcracker
The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical...
A vibrant and animated winter wonderland comes to life, featuring appearances by The Sugarplum Fairy, toy soldiers, and mischievous mice, all while retaining George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score.
The Nutcracker performances will be at two venues this year:
When? December 10 - 12, 2021 , December 16 - 26 at the Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Where? Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
When? December 16 - 26
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
The beloved classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical.
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna's golden era, led by a witty and charming conductor who is an expert in Viennese music, Salute to Vienna features a European cast of singers, ballroom dancers, and ballet that brings to life the music of Johann Strauss. Backed by the Strauss Symphony, the performance is rich with selections from beloved operettas, elegant dances, lively overtures, and the beautiful Blue Danube Waltz. Celebrate the start of the New Year with Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert!
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services
Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.
Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami as well as Christmas Day services. All services will be livestreamed.
Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
Phone (305) 531-1124
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
More Info and LiveStream.
Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
Phone (305) 446-9950
Christmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
More Info and LiveStream
Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ 3010 De Soto Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone (305) 446-9950
Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ invites everyone to its historic sanctuary, located directly across from the Biltmore Hotel. Christmas Eve brings four engaging services:
3:00 p.m. German-Language Service
5:00 p.m. Family Service
8:00 p.m. Outdoor Candlelight Service
11:00 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Service
All Christmas Eve services include an extravagant welcome and Christmas cookies! Every family, friend, neighbor, and traveler are invited to join in the joy of Christmas—and every Sunday service and multitude of other activities—at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ.
The Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
This year there will be no live reenactment as in prior years but you can visit the front lawn and see the Nativity grow day by day, as character cutouts from the Bible story make their way to the manger. The Nativity Story will be on display from December 10 to January 6.
When? December 10, 2021 to January 6, 2022
Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
How Much? FREE and open to the public.